University of Vermont

2011-12 Online Catalogue

Mechanical Engineering (Doctor of Philosophy)


Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy programs are offered. Candidates holding degrees other than those in Mechanical Engineering are encouraged to apply. In such cases, it is typically necessary for students to complete some preparatory course work in addition to the graduate studies. In all courses, general requirements for admission, as outlined under the Regulations of the Graduate College, must be met. Areas of research interest include: applied mechanics, biomechanics, fluid mechanics, fuel science, heat transfer, mechatronics, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), precision engineering, smart structures, tissue engineering, vibrations.

General Requirements

Specific Requirements

Requirements for Admission to Graduate Studies for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy

An accredited bachelor's or master's degree in mechanical engineering or closely related discipline is required.

Requirements for Advancement to Candidacy for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy

Successful completion of the Ph.D. comprehensive examination.

Minimum Degree Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy

The degree of Doctor of Philosophy requires of candidates a minimum of 75 credits to be earned in course work and in dissertation research. The 75 credits must be distributed in such a way that at least 40 credits must be earned in courses and seminars and a minimum of 25 credits must be earned in dissertation research. All Ph.D. candidates complete a doctoral thesis consisting of original research and of sufficient quality to merit publication in an archival journal.



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